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Frans Masereel: The Pulse of Paris

July 7 - December 12, 2010


Frans Masereel (1889–1972) was a celebrated printmaker whose bold black and white woodcut prints have inspired comic book illustrators and graphic novelists. Although he was born in Belgium, Masereel spent much of his long and productive career in France. By 1922, Paris was his home base, and he focused on the life of the city in prints, oil paintings and watercolours. His large, vibrant watercolours capture the frenetic pace, seedy nightlife and bright lights that illuminated the crowded streets, cafés and shops of Paris in the 1920s.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is grateful to Rose and Charles Tabachnick for their recent donation of this collection of watercolours and woodcuts.

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